the admiral

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  1. We talk a lot about douchebags who would buy Irish-themed Celtics jerseys, but man, think of the douchebags who would buy Italian-themed Celtics jerseys.
  2. Right right right, the Dub, the O, and the Q. I like that, but I think one league demands the one-letter nickname more than the other two, no?
  3. When you have a name that's so unwieldy in two languages that it goes by one letter, then yes. There's also an argument for using a different color than the OHL's shade of blue, but that's tough because Quebec should have dibs on blue. I do like the idea of the three component leagues of the CHL being color-coded.
  4. I think it's pretty bad. The LHJMQ/QMJHL is referred to, for obvious reasons, as <<le Q>> or "the Q." Why, then, would you make the most important letter in the abbreviation read even less as a Q than it already did? This looks like an O that happens to connect to the underline, or maybe a lowercase g. I've always dug the Q's logo for making a hockey skate out of all those letters, but if you're going to redesign it, go all out and build around a letter Q.
  5. Imagining Ryan Lambert and all the other lame-ass do-gooders pulling the whole "your team is really the Thrashers, how dare you" shtick on a new Nordiques team, demanding they honor Patrik Stefan instead of Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet, and just getting a barrage of inscrutable Catholic terminology shouted at them
  6. I don't remember all the details, but I think the glitch with Houston was always that the old Rockets owner had the master lease to the Toyota Center and wasn't thrilled about hosting an NHL counterpart to the Rockets and cannibalizing the market. That was the same problem the NHL had with Seattle, except Seattle had the hilarious subterfuge of the Supersonics owner preparing an expansion bid himself just to cancel it and block anyone from doing it in good faith. Of course, Houston would have had all of Atlanta's problems -- large minority population, lots of transplants with unshakable loyalties, suburbanites who don't like to drive into the city for events because the traffic is insane -- but worse, so it's just as well.
  7. You're playing with Pointless Realignment Outpost fire here, bucko.
  8. Where would they play? Not Phillips, ASG ran the arena and wanted more lucrative events on the calendar than hockey. Would the league have stuck them in Gwinnett's ECHL barn as a lame-duck team to keep them out of Quebec? Would they have paid exorbitant rent to ASG to compensate them for losing the shows they wanted to replace the Thrashers with? How much money would they have lost on that proposition, and what do you sell an asset like that for when you so clearly want the other person to buy it more than they do? I really don't know. They would have made money selling to Quebecor (think the $60MM "relocation fee" but bigger, plus eventually the market would do as well as or better than Winnipeg) but suffered a public relations black eye in having to "retreat" at a time when the American economy was not great, and then had to deal with a blowhard owner, a crumbling arena, and a French media market. It really would have been fascinating, but for the libertarians of convenience of the suburban American Southwest.
  9. That's the million dollar question! And I tend to think the answer would have been 'no.' Spring of 2011, there were not yet shovels in the ground for the new arena, and I don't even think the financing plan had been confirmed -- there was a lot of wrestling over how much the province would/could take on. With that in mind, it's hard to see the league agreeing to use the Colisee with no end in sight. Even four years, which is what it would have turned out to be, would have been a lot to ask. I don't think the joint ever had air conditioning. I know Quebecor did some work on the place, but I think that amounted to the same work TNSE did on the MTS Centre, which was upgrading the media infrastructure and some light cosmetic stuff (and was what tipped people off that someone was coming up), not a massive renovation. Also, while the power brokers have been on good terms with Thomson and Chipman (save for the time they were feelin' themselves too much, tried to extort too high a "relocation fee," and got peckerslapped for their troubles), I don't think they ever warmed up to P-K Peladeau and Quebecor, and certainly not whoever Kevin O'Leary was rounding up to put a team in Quebec (I think Bettman damn near hung up on him). From everything I've read, the league never liked the way the Quebecor people conducted business, which is to say a lot less discreet and tight-lipped than the league likes. Call it a cultural gap, I guess. Whenever Quebec City comes up, we hear a lot about what a friend Marcel Aubut is to Bettman and Bill Daly, but that's cheap talk; Aubut was the bumbling figurehead of a rickety consortium who sold the Nordiques to American interests and got the league out of a market they wanted to get out of anyway, so why wouldn't they be nice to him? He was always small-time. Inducting a, uh, comment dit-on, big personality like Peladeau into their ranks probably wasn't appealing. Oh, and he's a separatist. So if it were Quebec or nothing, I think there's a good chance they choose nothing. That's what they went on to do for the expansion bid!
  10. I remember that day well! I watched the press conference and everything. The Thrashers were nothing but trouble from day one. Their expansion fee gobbled up WCW's revenue at the only time in history that WCW actually made money, Turner didn't seem to care much about having a team beyond saying he had a team, they got lost in the AOL Time Warner merger from hell, Atlanta Spirit never wanted them, and then kicked them out when they were all suing each other over signing Joe Johnson and realized there was no reason for this team to waste 40+ arena dates. Everything about this team was always so desultory and half-hearted, which is to be expected when you're part of a too-big-for-its-own good conglomerate or the throw-in to some guys who wanted a basketball team. But when you consider the NHL was in Atlanta because Fox Sports had a ten-ton bug up its ass about getting into Atlanta and other big American markets, it makes sense. This wasn't about Ted Turner or someone having some singular vision of hockey greatness, there was no grassroots drive for a team, it was television executives and bean counters insisting that the league had to be in a big TV market because it's big. But if you want to do alternative history, I'll play. The best-case scenario I could see for the Thrashers would be getting snatched up by Liberty Media, maybe with Tom Glavine as a minority investor and figurehead "owner," and getting moved out to Cobb County to play in a new arena in the Braves' development, at which time they really start to market themselves as a team for suburban (read: white) Atlanta. It's a compelling what-if, but the problem is the timing. Glavine was sniffing around the Thrashers in 2011, but it was pretty well understood that he and whoever his partners were didn't really have the money, same with everyone else in town who was feigning interest in buying the team at the eleventh hour. And as we all remember, the Thrashers' situation was not the excruciatingly protracted soap opera that the Coyotes had: we hit "yeah there might be some real problems here" in February, "this team doesn't have a place to play anymore" in mid-May, and "they moved to Winnipeg" like two or three weeks later. The Braves didn't get rolling on their souped-up office park for another two or three years. There just wasn't any interest in buying the Thrashers and building a second full-size arena in metro Atlanta, certainly not in the wake of the financial crisis, or someone would have. I also think an Atlanta NHL team would have to be a regional team like the Braves are, which is to say no Raleigh or Nashville getting in the way. I alluded to it in another thread a while ago, but the really compelling what-if is if in 2011, Glendale City Council breaks the wrong way and decides they're done paying "arena management fees" or whatever the taxpayer bailouts were called. I'd have to check the timeline to remember exactly how it all went down, but if the bottom dropped out on the Thrashers well after the council vote, the league would have been in a real mess, because no Atlanta buyers would have been options and the only other interested party I remember at the time was Quebecor, which was in the process of sprucing up the Colisee just in case anyone might need it. Would the NHL have let two Sun Belt teams move to Canada in the same summer? Would they have given up the Phoenix fight just to go to court and fight for Atlanta? or would they have just folded the team and played with 29 for a year while slapping together an expansion team for their white whale, Houston?
  11. The Sharks have that shark secondary (which,by the way, I think is a terrible way to do a secondary: that doesn't supplement the primary, it provides an alternative), so I think they have been flirting with completely replacing the chomping shark. I'm not a fan of it. The Sharks have to have a little of that Charlotte Hornets '90s kitsch in their DNA, the new shark could just be for any team anywhere from any time.
  12. I think the stick needs to resemble a wooden stick in order to read as one here, being chomped and splintering like this. It's no fun if it's a composite stick!
  13. I tried to split the difference between Sharks primaries a while ago:
  14. I would whittle it down to black, red, tan, and purple on the uniforms, and even that's still a little busy. Dark green, dark red, and black all touching was probably the biggest flaw of the original set, second was those dark green shoulder yokes.
  15. It goes in cycles, currently, the hockey community only jerks itself off over southern teams, so *blows raspberry and farts at the same time*
  16. Go Pittsburgh go Pittsburgh go! Okay, I know it was 1992, a brave new world of sports merchandise, but you still had lots of successful brands that were not aggressive or intimidating: look at the many birds of baseball. So if your response to a penguin is "i no no wat 2 dooo" then maybe you're just not that creative?
  17. New ad campaign: the Trix Rabbit insists upon atavistic graphic design and the kids have to stop him.
  18. Just fix the mouth and it would be fine enough. It has to at least look like a vaguely functioning mouth. You couldn't slap a toothy jellybean over Daffy Duck's face, it would make no sense.
  19. We'll know it has gone too far when Count Chocula is redesigned as a bearded MFA Bro who demands that women read David Foster Wallace and listen to his problems: he's an emotional vampire, you see
  20. Now watch the tight end here, he's following the GPS, following the GPS, boom, he drives into a :censored:ing lake
  21. Damn, we really do live in a society!
  22. Spoken like someone who hasn't listened to Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, if you ask me.
  23. So that Blackhawks fans will watch this stupid thing. We'll see how it goes. It's like the old days of a 16-team playoff for a 21-team league. '91 North Stars ahoy!
  24. Patreon revenues are dropping for podcasts, and now that everyone's getting wise to all our favorite internet personalities being the children of human traffickers or scions of generational wealth, they're really gonna be on their own
  25. That's true, breakfast cereal mascots all get redrawn over the years, but come on, what's going on with that mouth? Speaking of mouths, that guy in that video has too much lisp to do a voiceover. 30 seconds and I was out. Put your tongue away; how did you evade speech therapy in grade school?